Mission Drive-In

5500 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94112

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CSWalczak on October 26, 2012 at 12:29 am

JWmovies is correct; however, the confusion is understandable and is explained in Jack Tillmany’s book, “Theatres of San Francisco,” p. 88: “The Mission Drive-in’s official address was 5500 Mission Street, but that was only its mailing address, in order to give it a San Francisco identity…the site was atop Guttenburg Street in Daly City.”

Tillmany indicates the Mission Drive-theater opened in 1951 and closed in 1976. It only had one screen; it was the Geneva that eventually had three screens. I will leave it to the moderators to determine which address should be used and how to deal with what is otherwise this duplicate entry.

There was actually only one drive-in that ever existed within the San Francisco city limits; it was called the Terrace Drive-in, located at 451 Allemany Boulevard that had a short life from 1951-1954. I-280 was built over the former site. According to Tillmany, too many foggy nights led to the demise of the Terrace.

jwmovies on October 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Your memory is very vague. See Mission D/I in DALY CITY for address. This was never more than 1 screen OR in San Francisco. I went to this when i was a child.

I also worked for Century Theatres around the time this closed. They did not own or lease the theatre. They owned the Geneva on Carter.

scottfavareille on May 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm

From what I recall, it was still operating in the 1970s as a twin screener & Syufy theaters was operating it then. They showed a lot of AIP product in the late 1960s & early 1970s.

It was gone by the mid-1980s.